I must be tired of comic book movies.
Anywhere between the ages of 8 and 20, I would leap out of my seat every time I heard an announcement that a new action-packed science fiction, fantasy, or superhero-type movie was in the makings. I was really excited about Keaton's Batman, strange and different as it was. Heck, I even felt a little tingle when I heard they were making the Punisher (at least until I heard Dolph Lundgren was going to be in it. Even at that age, I wasn't falling for it...)
Now, after dozens of terrible comic book movies (The Crow, Daredevil, Spawn, Elektra, The Shadow), several fair comic book movies (Blade, original Batman, Hulk, the new Punisher), and even some outstanding ones (Spiderman, X-Men, X2), I reacted with a sigh and detached disinterest when I heard they were making a new Batman movie. That's a sure sign that I must be just plain tired of comic book movies, since Batman has always been in the top five of coolest superheroes.
I just sat through an impressive one last night. This newest revision of the Batman story, Batman Begins, was rich and complex, had some excellent acting, and even some new twists on the Batman mysterie that were visionary and well-told. They chose new but still interesting (and downright frightening) super-villains, and generally did a great job putting a superhero with a difficult-to-tell-without-cheese story together.
Still, I could not find any trace of the excitement with which I saw X-Men or even the subdued appreciation I felt for the excellent Spiderman released recently. Is it because movies just don't hold much punch for me anymore? No, I came away from several movies this year having enjoyed them immensely. Is it that it wasn't "new"? No, I came away from the new Star Wars enjoying it considerably and it wasn't anything new. Was it because the filmmakers failed in some way? Probably not, since my favorite movie reviewer raved about this film. So what in the world was it?
I dunno, I guess I just must be tired.